b'HARPUpdate What is a. Competent, Authorized and Qualified Person? Randall Krueger, SHARP Administrative Director One of the most important inter To comply with the General Pro variousidentifiedtasks. "Compepretations of the OSHA standards isvisionsofPart 1926Safetyandten is defin as"capable, able, t"ed ealt ate Such that of Authorized, Competent andH h RegulationsforConstruc fit, sufficient, adequ ."as in Qualified Persons. Thisbecausetion, amember of manage 1926.502(h)(1)"Safety monitorissenior itdefinesimportantdutiesandment must beassigned to initiateing systems," theemployermust responsibilitiesofmanagementand maintain the jobsite saf anddesignatea CompetentPer to etyson andrs.h lthprogram. Seniormanage monitor the safety of otherloyworke ea empTheOccupationalSafetyandment can be defined as the owner,ees and follow specific guidelines Health Act of 1 stipulates thatCEO or president of the company oroutlined in th section. 970is llersonstaffco petent a workers must be provided withp onwho has the author Designating am person safeandhealthywork condi ity to hire and fire employees, pur implies tr anindividualand ingaining tions.P 91-596,Sectionchaseequipment,changeworkdocumentingsaidtrainingby the L: (2)(b.Section1926.21 (bspecifications, and directly manageemployer.n by the employer )(8) )(2)Trai ing Designating areq that the employer instructthe safety andhealth progr . Heshows"duediligence"thathe uiresamcompetent personeach employeein therecognitionalsomust beresponsiblefor themeetstherequirementsofOSHA and avoidance of unsafe conditionsdesignationofmanagementposi standards. implies training anandthe regula onsapplicabletotionstoauthorized,qualifiedandIn.32(d)"Authorized Perti (1926hisenvironment to con orcompetent persons.son" means arson ap or individual and docu worktrolpe proved eliminateanyhazardousorotherField manager, supervisor, fore assignedby theemployer topertj -menting said trainingexposuretoillnessor injury.Inman and line management are titlesforma specifictypeofdutyor ordertocomply withtheOSHAg to employees who areduties, orbe at alocation byemployer.ivenjobsitetospecific thestandards,OSHA requires that theadministrators.are designatedorlocationsatthejobsite.All They persondoingtheinstructionbetheauthorizedand/orcomp ntAu per are usually ete thorizedsonsalso authorized by the companybepersonby seniormanagementtodefined as the designated manageand aified person.represent the company on the job ment competent persononsiteif competent or qualTheOccupationalSafetyandsite.OSHAdefinesthejobsitetheymanagetheworkers.An HealthAdministrationConstruc administrator as the "em r."a horizedpersoncould alsobe ploye uttionStandardsPart1926.32(1)Aperson managing adefined as a p is allowed competenterson who statesthata "competentpersonjobsite mu besite atl times,accesstothejobsiteto perform stonalmeans one who isleiden andif heleaves anothermust bespecificduties or one capab ofjobsitewho tifying existing andictableassigned. Hen the term "secondmeetscertain companyrequirepred haz ce ardsinthesu orm is used in roofing to representments. rroundingsan" working conditionsare unsan the competent personinofThedefinition fora "thatchargeQualified itary,hazardous,or dangeroustothe jobsite when line managementPerson"canbefoundin employees, and who has authoriza h been calto other duties. All(1926.32(m)."Qualified"means asled tiontotakepromptcorrectivesecond men must be competent inone who, by possession of arecogmeasures to correct them."foreman\'sand should under nized degr c ficate, or profesdutiesee,ertiTo comp withcom stand ther ibilitiesofthesionalstanding;orwhoby lythepetencyesponsr r thepersondesig foreman. They shou also have theextensive knowledge, training, and equi ements,ld natedbymanagementmust meetsame training that is given to theexperien hassuccessfully ce; two qualificationsTo be "compe for A competent person candemon hisability tosolve eman.strated tent," onebe:alsoperform,inspect,monitor orproblemsrelatingtothe subject must 1. Capableofid existingoperate, in addition to supervise.matter, therk, or the project." entifyingwoandhazardsT OSHA ConstructionStan This same standard also definpredictablehees 2.rizedto takeprompt cor dards refer many tim to the use of"designatedpersonapprovedor\\\\ Autho es rective measur competentpersonnelto per assignedbytheemployerto esform'